An executive vice president of Comcast’s NBCUniversal who “serves as a strategist and key advisor to Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal,” according to the NBCUniversal website, is leaving the company, reports Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine.
Writes Sherman, this executive vice president is Pat Fili-Krushel, and “according to sources [she] is finalizing a deal with NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke to leave the media company.”
Sherman adds that he spoke to Krushel on Wednesday afternoon and she confirmed the move: “We couldn’t come up with a position that made sense for what I’m interested in doing, so we said maybe it’s time we part ways.”
Fili-Krushel is the former chairwoman of NBC News. Notes Brian Steinberg in Variety’s follow-up to Sherman’s scoop, Burke “replaced Fili-Krushel with Andy Lack, a former top NBC executive who once led NBC News, earlier this year [in response to the Brian Williams scandal]. Fili-Krushel was given an executive vice president role at NBCU with no formal portfolio or oversight. [Prior to that, [d]uring her time at the helm [of NBC News], Fili-Krushel hired Deborah Turness as president of NBC News, making her the first woman to hold the position.”
Variety also notes that prior to joining NBC News Fili-Krushel “enjoyed stints over the years at HBO, [Lifetime], ABC and Time Warner, and was chief executive for a time at WebMD.”
Sherman concludes his story with this: “Her last day will be November 1. “It was a mad five years. I just feel like I need some time,” [Fili-Krushel] said.